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    July 18, 2011
    4:00 - 4:30am PDT  

making news this morning -- extreme heat. >> sure, it's summer. but for millions today, dangerous, oppressive temperatures are settling in. celebration and joy. where it's needed most. japan's world cup team, the toast of the nation after beating team usa. and concert chaos. a stage collapses sending hundreds scrambling for safety. good morning. the heat wave melting a big chunk of the nation is showing no signs of letting up. >> that's right. the humidity is creating oppressive conditions. today, chicago could see its highest temperature in five years.
>> abc's karen travers as more on the heat that's already spending east. >> reporter: they tossed two tons of ice into theheater to try to cool things down. this mud-summer heat wave is g gpping the middle of the nation. for 17 states. texas to minnesota. east to ohio. in five states, temperatures dropped the century mark. the high pressure system is expected to hover across the midwest for five more sweltering days before heading east. this week, 40 states will see temperatures of 90 degrees or more. >> not moving at all. unpacking its bags. this high pressure for many days to come as it continues to intensify and grow in overall size. >> reporter: for beach goers the soaring temperatures means fun in the sun. >> coming out early to get the beach before it gets packed with people. >> reporter: but for some people,
especially the elderly this extreme heat can be extremely dangerous. >> they'll complain of dizziness, weakness. being light headed. maybe even exhibit some signs of confusion. >> reporter: experts say to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun. and avoid citizenous outdoor activity. >> the goal was ten. i don't think i'm going to make it that far. >> not everyone is heeding the warning. despite the blazing sun, these hard-core athletes participated in an iron man triathlon. >> it's hot. >> reporter: karen travers, abc. and more dangerous weather in the bahamas where the second named storm of the atlantic hurricane season. is menacing several islands this morning. tropical storm is bret is packing 40 mile an hour winds. forecasters say it will strengthen over the next few days. bringing heavy rain and high
surf to the northern bahamas. it's not expected to pose a threat to the u.s. our other big story of this morning, the ladies world cup. they thought they won in overtime. >> elation turned to disappointment yesterday as the team from japan tied the final match and then won it on penalty kicks. >> a welcome bit of good sign for japan. >> reporter: team japan's victory over the united states capped an emotional run for the perennial underdogs. japanese upset local favorite germany and sweden to the reach the finals, all the while playing to heal a wounded nation. back home, nervous fans stayed up to root on their beloved team. it didn't matter that the game started at 3:45 on a monday morninin fans desperate to cheer again, got the victory they waited so long for.
this team's never give up attitude is just what the country needs. in homare sawa's hometown, elation. her elementary schoolteacher saying, i have no words. the team known as beautiful flower, has inspired a country still reeling from the disaster. it's been four months since a earthquake killed 25,000 people and in this final game, they lifted the nation once again. >> they'll be able to see how far japan can go, even with everything -- with the odds against them. >> reporter: after so much heart ache, finally a reason to celebrate. >> big celebrations there more on the game coming up later in this half-hour. in washington, talks on the debt crisis go behind closed doors today. there are no public meetings on
the agenda. a tea party plan to solve the problem comes up for a vote tomorrow in the house. it stands no chance of a passage in theheenate. a plan b is still being discussed giving president obama the power to increase the amount of money the government can borrow. brand-new bomb shells this morning as a scandal sinks a media empire. top police official has resisied in the wake of the investigation. abc's todd ant has the latest. >> reporter: rebekah brooks was rupert murdoch's prodigy. sunday she went to scotland ya to answer about the phone hacking scandal that occurred when she was editor of news of the world. all along, she's maintained that she's known nothing about the illegal activities about her reporters. >> there's no way that a
reporter can come in with a salacious, page one stories that the news of the world was running without an editor saying, how did you get that story? who was your source. >> reporter: later in the day, another bombshell, the head of the scotland yard resigning. sir paul stephenson said that he had no involvement in his force's failure to investigate of murdoch's journalists. >> i have no knowledge of the extent of this disgraceful practice. >> reporter: tuesday, rupert murdoch and his son james are scheduled to appear in front of the british house of commons. it remains to be seen if rupert murdoch can continue to lead his company or even keep it together. todd ant, abc news. now for this morning's weather from around the nation. on top of that scorching heat, look for gusty winds, hail and flash flooding from minneapolis to new
york and down to d.c. pop-up showers in south florida thunderstorms around houston, new orleans and little rock. a wet day in the pacific northwest. and northern california. rain from new mexico to wyoming. >> phoenix, things are heating up to 108. 91 here in new york. 88 in miami. 89 in new orleans as well. >> some of that rain is looking pretty good right now. >> yeah. i wouldn't mind a couple of days just to bring everything down to normal. >> i could get caught in a storm today. coming up -- harry potter's half billion dollar weekend. plus, new duties for duke and duchess. after a successful visit to the states. and a collapse at rock 'n roll concert, sending people running for their lives. roll concert, sending people running for their lives.
ford's ceo says that there may be an economic recovery in your future. in an interview with usa today, he said that the improving economy is the result of decreasing oil prices and moving beyond the japanese earthquake. he also says that manufacturing is the foundation of that recovery and job growth. worries about europe's banking woes and the debt talks here are keeping overseas markets unsettled. tokyo's nikkei average picked up 38 points today. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow lost 177
the nasdaq index was off by 70. it's appearing more likely that the nation's second largest bookstore chain will be liquidated. borders still has about 400 stores and employs almost 11,000 people. wow, big surprise there.e. days after their whirlwind trip to canada and california, it's time for the duke and duchess of cambridge to get down to business. they'll be britain's business ambassadors. making trips to promote british firms. they did some of that during their visit to los angeles. they'll continue this more now. it's reported that another trip is already in the works. and harry potter keeps working its magic. it's on course to become a billion-dollar hit. after taking nearly half worldwide that weekend. here in the u.s., the final harry potter film took in $169 million domestically.
the best opening weekend ever. in second, was another sequel, "transformers" with 21 million and "horrible bosses" was third, with $13 million. i want to see horrible bosses. i have no stories that relate. i love my bosses. >> we'll tape for that later. after 1,000 days in jail, what is casey anthony's next move? will she tell all for million dollars. plus a news anchor nightmare. you'll see what happened when the wrong guest was put on live tv. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of protection and because u.s.a.a.'s commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote.
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chicago, detroit, and on the east coast from boston to miami. it was simply an unbelievab unbelievable scene last night at a popular music festival in canada. >> a power thunderstorm rolled through ottawa and that's when this happened. >> at least five people were injured. us now the crowd witnessed the collapse and headed for cover. >> the stage started to fall backwards. it fell pretty slow. hopefully, everyone got out of there. it was pretty creepy. >> witnesses said that cheap trick was playing right up until the collapse. the band put out a message on the internet later, saying everyone was fine and that they were lucky to be alive. casey anthony is getting her first taste ofofreedom in three
years and she's getting it in private. she was whisked away from an orlando jail in the middle of the night. more than 24 hours ago. and this morning, her whereabouts are still a mystery. morereow from abc's diane alvear. >> reporter: a aer 1,054 days in jail, casey anthony was released. a free woman. but forever connected to what so many outside of the jail believe was an unspeakable crime. they believe she murdered her 2-year-old daughter caylee. >> we're talking about a child here. >> reporter: anthony was expressionless. outside of a single whisper thank you to an officer. then she climbed into a waitg suv and sped off. >> i thought maybe that she would show more emotion going out. but, her and jose were very plain faced. on a mission to go out. >> reportete just where anthony can go? is unclear. for three years, her face was on
regular rotation on tv crime shows. many were convinced of her guilt. and anguished b her acquittal. >> reporter: her defense team has acknowledged that their client could be in danger. as for going home, she refused to allow her mom to visit in jail. >> has jose dropped her off at the house yesterday. they would have opened the door. >> reporter: a ahony reportedly made her way to a small prop plane, registered to one of her attorney, destination, unknown. when she walked out of that jail, she did so with $500. that may change very soon. media experts say she stands to make as much as $1 million if she decides to tell her story. score some points for grand moms and grandpas.
a new study finds that children are half as likely to be hurt in car crashes when grandparents are at the wheel instead of mom and dad. researchers say that grandparents may be so nervous with that preciou cargo cargo t may compensate and be a little bit more careful. some reaction from japan's victory over the usa at the women's world cup earlier in the show. for all of the highlights from yesterday's final match, here's espn news. good morning, this is your espn news update. standing between the united states and world cup glory, japan. a nation they have never lost to in 25 attempts. 68th minute. alex morgan. finishing far post. only the second-ever sub to ever score in the final. 1-0. troops in afghanistan celebrating. but the celebrations would end. a mess in the back for the u.s. rachel buehler and alex krieger won't clear. 1-1. we go to extra time. 103rd minute. abby wambach scoring for the 122nd time for the u.s.
can they seal the deal this time? no. homare sawa, in her fifth world cup, the captain was the golden boot winner of this competition. we're going to the penalty shoot-out. the usa and hope solo beat brazil in this setup. hope solo not feeling 100%. picked up an injury in the second half. carly lloyd with the u.s. down 1-0 in the shoot-out. over the crossbar. u.s. now down 2-0. abby wambach with the calming effect, it's now 2-1. trying rally her team. it's not over yet. hope solo. 's over now. she scores this the upper right-hand corner. japan beat host germany and sweden, to lift the world cup. this has been your espn news update. for all of the late nest the sports world, tune into the
highlighghexpress. good for them. unfortunately, and in inevitably, we must admit mistakes even happen in television news. >> this is a breaking story right here. this one, though, this may take the cake. it comes from our friends at th bbc. >> they were doing a story about the trial of baseball star roger clemens, the baseball player. >> joining us from our new york studio is ben walker. ben k you hear many in new york? >> it's even a worse situation than that. because, i am not ben walker and i know nothing about baseball. i do however know a lot -- >> i beg your pardon, we have the wrong guest. we'll move on the women's world cup in germany. >> i love his dead pan humor. that was funny. >> the producer was probably freaking out. >> where is the rere ben walker
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next. she was acquitted in the death of her daughter and she has been released from a florida jail. a new bay area connection to the case of casey anthony. and a man and woman killed. another seriously injured after a triple shooting in the east bay and they could be all connected to another shooting. >> you may notice the difference this morning, no clouds, slow warming trend is finally here. >> we'll have traffic finally this monday morning -- carmageddon. much ado about this epic traffic jam that never was. >> how did they ever make it? here's a look at the road work that shut down southern
california's busy 405 freeway over the weekend. as abc's clayton sandell reports, millions of people managed to survive virtually unscathed. >> reporter: the 405 freeway is once again reopened. on a typical weekday, 300,000 cars bring this freeway to a grinding crawl. it was the epic traffic jam that wasn't. >> today is very, very lightht traffic. i can't believe it. something amazing. it never happens. >> reporter: unlike the occasional skateboarder, most people simply stayed home. that's because the fear of carmageddon meltdown was spread worldwide. >> we're having lunch and tea. you know, it's like a vacation day. >> reporter: freeway contractors did their part, working fast and
for reopening the 17 hours, the contractor gets a bonus. 3000,000. l.a. made it through carmageddon. 11 months, they'll have to do it again. in a town that loves sequels, get ready for carmageddon two. clayton sandell, abc news, los angeles. >> we have been warned. in addition to the skate boarding, other fun -- >> how about the world's shortest scheduled airline flight. jetblue took passengers from the burbank airport to the long beach airport and back for just 4 bucks. and it's only 35 miles. they were beaten on the ground by some serious bikers who got there an hour faster. >> and burn a few calories along the way. here's a student planking on the 405. right before the roadway reopened. and mom snapped that photo. >> so cute. that's what making news in ama